"Bulgarians can have a peaceful summer". With these words, resigned PM Kiril Petkov announced that there would be no new anti-Covid measures, including restrictions affecting the closure of businesses. Also, there will be no requirement for Covid certificates in the country or movement restrictions.
President Rumen Radev starts consultations for third mandate
President Rumen Radev will hold consultations with seven political parties on Friday, July 15, after which he will decide to whom to hand the third exploratory mandate to form a government. GERB returned the second mandate after receiving it today.
The first meeting tomorrow will be with We Continue the Change, then with GERB, MRF, BSP, TISP, and, finally, Democratic Bulgaria and Vazrazhdane.
Bulgaria first in Europe for industrial production in May
Bulgaria topped the table for industrial production growth in Europe in May, announced Minister of Economy, Kornelia Ninova, citing Eurostat data. The increase on an annual basis is over 20 percent and for the first time, the country is a leader in this indicator in the EU.
"There are four reasons: First - we stopped racketeering on businesses, second - we limited thefts and leaks, third - the government supported companies with compensations for expensive electricity, and fourth - the business itself made efforts, through reorganization and optimization," commented Ninova.
Poll: Seven parties could enter next Parliament
If parliamentary elections were held today, Bulgaria would have a seven-party parliament, according to a survey by Market Links. GERB are the first political force (on 22.2%) among those who said they would vote, and just behind are We Continue the Change (21.5%). BSP is in third place - with 11.6%, and MRF ranks fourth - on just over 9%. Democratic Bulgaria is next with 8.3%. Kostadin Kostadinov's nationalist Vazrazhdane party received 7.6%, and "Bulgarian Rise" - the new party, founded by caretaker PM Stefan Yanev, has 4.3%. Slavi Trifonov's party There is such a People is on 3.2%, meaning it will not pass the threshold to enter the next Parliament, according to the poll.